Mount Hamilton - 5/7/2021

Today I returned to Mount Hamilton, didn't go all the way around Livermore this time, but did go up 130 over and a bit down Del Puerto, then back the same way. It was beautiful, lots of flowers, and an interesting variety. Last time the lower elevations were colorful, with goldfields in the valleys, but today those were brown and the higher elevations are more colorful. Thankfully not many people on the road, I drove slowly, stopped frequently, backed up down the road several times and was generally in "I brake for wildflowers" mode. Missed at least one I'd have liked to stop and see (some sort of Orobanche?), since there were no turnouts at all nearby, dammit.

Highlights included several nice patches of Thermopsis, one very satisfying area of Fairy Fans (Clarkia breweri), Whispering bells (Emmenanthe penduliflora) with burnt chaparral, several flavors of sunflowers, and the Blazing stars are still going strong. As elsewhere, there were LOTS of Purple Chinese houses, often covering large areas under burnt oaks. This is their year.

More later, once I process photos...

Posted by newtpatrol newtpatrol, May 08, 2021 05:54

Observations

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Narrowleaf Mule-Ears (Wyethia angustifolia)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 09:57 AM PDT

Description

What a wonderful patch! Nice to see some native yellow, among the fields of Hawksbeard that are otherwise covering Grant right now.

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Bunchleaf Penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 10:16 AM PDT

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Greene's Milkweed (Asclepias californica ssp. greenei)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 10:28 AM PDT

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Red Ribbons (Clarkia concinna)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 10:39 AM PDT

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Larkspurs (Genus Delphinium)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 10:42 AM PDT

Description

These looked odd, I'm not sure if they're a mutant of a common Delphinium or a different species.

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What

Santa Clara Thornmint (Acanthomintha lanceolata)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 2021

Description

No idea who this is. The leaves were scented. Just one or two on a fairly bare, rocky roadside.

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What

Sunflowers and Allies (Tribe Heliantheae)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 10:58 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Purple Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 11:02 AM PDT

Description

Once again, there were zillions of these in areas that burned last year. It's their year!

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Red Ribbons (Clarkia concinna)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 11:08 AM PDT

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Broadleaf Lupine (Lupinus latifolius)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 11:13 AM PDT

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Winecup Clarkia (Clarkia purpurea)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 11:16 AM PDT

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Coast Tarweed (Madia sativa)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 11:19 AM PDT

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What

Smooth Mule-Ears (Wyethia glabra)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 11:25 AM PDT

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California Goldenbanner (Thermopsis californica)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 11:36 AM PDT

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What

Most Beautiful Jewelflower (Streptanthus glandulosus ssp. glandulosus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 2021

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What

Venus Thistle (Cirsium occidentale var. venustum)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 11:52 AM PDT

Description

There were a few others further along in bloom elsewhere on the road, but they were always in a spot without a turnout anywhere nearby.

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What

California Chicory (Rafinesquia californica)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 12:10 PM PDT

Description

Along with quite a diversity of other flowers in a place that burned last year.

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What

Chia (Salvia columbariae)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 12:15 PM PDT

Description

Along with quite a diversity of other flowers in a place that burned last year.

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What

California Gilia (Gilia achilleifolia)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 12:21 PM PDT

Description

Along with quite a diversity of other flowers in a place that burned last year.

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What

Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 12:56 PM PDT

Description

This burned hillside had a lot of Red Larkspurs (Delphinium nudicale), attended to by this hummingbird. Unfortunately I didn't get great photos. Likely an Anna's since they're common around here, but maybe not?

Photos / Sounds

What

Red Larkspur (Delphinium nudicaule)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 12:43 PM PDT

Description

Quite a few going up this hillside, in an area that burned last year. Complete with hummingbird attendant.

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What

Chick Lupine (Lupinus microcarpus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 01:16 PM PDT

Description

Many patches of these along the road.

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What

Coast Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 01:22 PM PDT

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What

White Globe Lily (Calochortus albus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 01:32 PM PDT

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What

Fairy Fans (Clarkia breweri)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 2021

Description

What a treat to see a scattering of these, in one spot.

Photos / Sounds

What

Whispering Bells (Emmenanthe penduliflora)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 02:19 PM PDT

Description

In an area that looked like it burned pretty well last year, fairly scorched earth, with a few interesting plants coming up. Just a few Whispering Bells here and there. Interesting scent.

Photos / Sounds

What

Bunchleaf Penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 02:31 PM PDT

Description

In an area that burned last year, fairly scorched earth, with a few other interesting plants around.

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What

Yellow Mariposa Lily (Calochortus luteus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 02:35 PM PDT

Description

In an area that burned last year, fairly scorched earth, with a few other interesting plants around.

Photos / Sounds

What

Tufted Poppy (Eschscholzia caespitosa)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 02:55 PM PDT

Description

Small poppies, quite a few of them along this stretch of road.

Photos / Sounds

What

Convergent Lady Beetle (Hippodamia convergens)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 03:03 PM PDT

Description

On Yerba Santa

Photos / Sounds

What

Chick Lupine (Lupinus microcarpus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 03:21 PM PDT

Description

Several nice patches of these along the road, especially in places that burned last year.

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What

Lindley's Blazingstar (Mentzelia lindleyi)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 03:37 PM PDT

Description

Still blooming strong!

Photos / Sounds

What

Whispering Bells (Emmenanthe penduliflora)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 04:03 PM PDT

Description

Lots of these thriving in chaparral that burned last year. Interesting scent.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 04:11 PM PDT

Description

In an area that burned last year

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What

American Wild Carrot (Daucus pusillus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 04:16 PM PDT

Description

In an area that burned last year

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What

Western Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 04:33 PM PDT

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What

Scorpionweeds (Genus Phacelia)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 04:36 PM PDT

Description

Very small and slender, hard to photograph in a useful way.

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Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 04:40 PM PDT

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What

Suncups (Genus Camissoniopsis)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 02:27 PM PDT

Description

In an area that burned pretty well last year, rather scorched earth, with a few other interesting plants.

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What

Great Valley Gumweed (Grindelia camporum)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 01:09 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Mock Parsley (Apiastrum angustifolium)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 7, 2021 02:23 PM PDT

Description

In an area that burned pretty well last year, rather scorched earth, with a few other interesting plants.

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